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Voters Head To The Polls On Tuesday

Oct 28, 2015 11:34 AM

Southampton voters will head to the polls on Tuesday to punch their ticket on several prominent campaigns.

Voters will be asked to select a new town supervisor between Independence Party member Jay Schneiderman and Republican Richard Yastrzemski, both of Southampton Village.

Four candidates are seeking two open seats for the Town Board, including one incumbent, Water Mill-based Republican Christine P. Scalera. She is joined on the Republican ticket by Damon Hagan of East Quogue. For the Democrats, Westhampton resident John Bouvier and Hampton Bays candidate Julie Lofstad hope to unseat Ms. Scalera and grab an open seat vacated by Bridget Fleming.

An attorney from Sag Harbor, Ms. Fleming, also a Democrat, is opting not to seek another term on the Town Board, instead running for a seat on the Suffolk County Legislature. She is facing off against political newcomer Amos Goodman, a financial adviser and Republican from Springs.

Two men are competing to fill the town justice role being vacated by Judge Edward Burke Sr.—Democrat Adam Grossman and Republican Gary Weber.

All five Southampton Town Trustee seats are also up this year, with Democrats Bill Pell and Eric Shultz, and Republicans Scott Horowitz, Ray Overton and Edward Warner Jr. all hoping to retain their seats. They are being challenged by Democrat Tim Corwin and Republicans Donald Law and Bruce Stafford.

Theresa Kiernan is running unopposed to retain her seat as town tax receiver.

On election night, the public can join the Southampton Town Democratic and Republican committees as they await official results. The Republicans will meet at Villa Paul Restaurant on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays. The Democrats will be at 230 Elm in Southampton Village.

More information about polling locations can be found at the Suffolk County Board of Elections website, suffolkvotes.com. For more information on the candidates, go to 27east.com and check out the election guide.

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Based on Anna's decisions - regarding the Canoe Place Inn & 37 condos on property zoned for community waterfront access, her PUSH for the Town allowing "The Hills" PDD to move forward over our only source of water & damaging Shinnecock Bay (remember all of the nitrogen effected dead fish & red tides) and this latest request for a change of zone on Montauk Hwy at Weesuck Creek - I thought she would be running as a Republican?!!
By FiddlerCrab (96), Westhampton Beach on Jul 2, 15 10:31 PM
It's the Conservatives that are "insane" though!
By Linda Goldsmith (8), Hampton Bays on Sep 23, 15 12:51 PM
What's wrong with this picture, er, statement:

Mr. Herr said. “She has been a highly effective champion of the Democratic Party..."

Perhaps Gordon you have forgotten that Anna was enrolled as a member of the Independence Party, not the Democratic Party.

As is so typical of political prostitutes, Anna, by her own admission, changed her enrollment to Democrat in order to be able to participate in a Democratic Party primary.

Fortunately there is a true Democrat ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jul 6, 15 10:58 PM
East Hampton Dems rightly skipped her and endorsed David Calone, Chairman of the Suffolk County Planning Commission, who is also the choice of the Suffolk County Dems. He has a far better resume, no political baggage and is widely known and liked in Suffolk, whereas Holst is only known on the East End, and is not all that well liked. Gordon Herr is backing the wrong horse, and it doesn't even belong to his own party.
By Crabby (63), Southampton on Jul 7, 15 12:41 AM
Ditto, ditto & ditto! Calone is the person for this job. Anna has been in the pocket of developers and the people of the East End know that. She has consistently and openly disrespected Bridget Fleming and others who have stood up for our environment, and then has the gall to say that she's an advocate for it.
The truth will out, and Anna will finally be out of our "herr"!
By ebonybay (6), Hampton Bays on Jul 7, 15 12:59 PM
Anna's announcement that she's turning Democrat to join the Primary truly emphasizes as Neil Tiger said, her nature as an unprincipled political mercenary of developers purely out for herself who bases decisions on political calculation and opportunism.

Worse it highlights her total disrespect for the Southampton Democrats and especially Gordon Herr and the Alzheimers Executive Committee who have fawned over and bent over for her repeatedly against the True Southampton Democrats.

With ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on Jul 10, 15 7:39 AM
All the more interesting as apparently Mr. Calone's filing with the Federal Election Committee was over $550,000. He is the likely choice of the members of the Suffolk County Democratic Committee in and for the 1st Congressional District and Ms. Throne-Holst might very well find her bid for Congress dead before her enrollment change to the Democratic Party takes effect the Tuesday after Election Day. Until then she is still legally an enrollee of the Independence Party and should she decide to ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jul 10, 15 11:27 PM
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The deals have been made, sorry Mr Goodman.
By Resident tax (186), Hampton bays ny on Jul 7, 15 6:56 PM
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It seems the more background you speak off, the more people like the wrong players. This town is not headed in the right direction, state, town or county.
By Resident tax (186), Hampton bays ny on Jul 14, 15 7:30 PM
Let us not forget the unsolved hit-and-run death of Sister Jackie Walsh 3 years and 5 days ago on July 9, 2012. The Press's editorial called the incomplete investigation a "gross miscarriage of justice," and the Supervisor and SHT PD have never made public all the details of the failed investigation, and possible whereabouts of the suspect now.

Was the alleged suspect the actual driver? Why did the PD wait 11 days to ask the public for help, during which time the suspect fled the country? ...more
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Jul 14, 15 5:09 PM
This town, county is in trouble.
By Resident tax (186), Hampton bays ny on Jul 14, 15 7:31 PM
It's odd that Newsday mentioned Callone's filing and this article does not. Guess their support is for the hometown prom queen. Newsday's article also gave Callone's list of contributors. All they mentioned for ATH were 2 senators and a congressman. They failed to mention Mike Bloomberg.
By Justsay'n (42), Southampton on Jul 15, 15 6:18 PM
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How about some our towns' ocean front billionaires? A little quid pro quo for allowing shore hardening structures??!! Political prostitute indeed.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jul 16, 15 5:59 AM
Even a quick perusal of the Federal Elections Commission website financial disclosures reveals an amazing fact.

Many developers and others with matters pending before the Town Board contributed the maximum allowable amounts to the lame duck Supervisor.

Ms. Throne-Holst needs to start recusing herself from voting on any issues effecting her developer contributors. It is the moral and ethical thing to do.

It would be political campaign malpractice from Mr. Zeldin and Mr. ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jul 17, 15 10:41 PM
Go Julie go!
By Talbot77 (53), southampton on Jul 21, 15 11:42 PM
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how is bender being a driver for her kids since all are old enough to drive themselves unless I din't get the irony of the statement?
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Aug 8, 15 5:23 PM
Being old enough to drive doesn't necessarily mean they do. This Brad Bender story is well known among the Democratic Committee and active Southampton Democrats. I know it sounds too degrading and undignified of Brad, but that is Brad and is just what sycophants do without shame.
By Obbservant (449), southampton on Aug 31, 15 10:33 AM
Point of reference: I've never driven Anna's children anywhere.
By Brad (28), Northampton on Oct 1, 15 10:47 AM
By Justsay'n (42), Southampton on Aug 9, 15 8:27 PM

"Other notable endorsements for Ms. Throne-Holst have come from the SOUTHAMPTON TOWN PATROLMAN'S BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION ... " (emphasis added)

Quelle surprise! Gross incompetence and scandalous misfeasance has been the hallmark of the STPD throughout Anna's reign, yet no cop has ever suffered as a result, and Anna most recently approved a pay raise for them that was 167% of the cost-of-living increase.

The ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Aug 10, 15 9:09 AM
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Wish The Supervisor would update us on the hit-and-run death of Sister Jackie Walsh THREE YEARS, one month, and one day ago, on July 9, 2012.

Because the SHT PD waited 11 days to make the suspect's ID and photo public, that particular suspect was able to leave the country, and the PD and Supv. have not seriously updated us on the investigation which the Press characterized as a "miscarriage of justice" in an editorial way back then.

A sad chink in the armor of many powerful people, ...more
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Aug 10, 15 9:35 AM
Bill Sutton: The guy in the picture accompanying this piece is no longer part of the piece. Photo needs updating. Thanks & regards, TB.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Aug 10, 15 9:47 AM
A political prostitute, pay to play so to speak.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Aug 10, 15 6:51 PM
A side-tender from B. DiPietro . . . Grossman, Tiger, Thiele, McCarthy, Hope, and Weber - personalities in Southampton (SH) Town, and beyond, politics i thought by the now the #Peconic County cracked hourglass would have washed out far beyond the Village of Westhampton Dunes. It is nearly 14 years (9/11) since I ran in the Dim primary for SH Town board where my millionaire opponent - a lifelong GOPer - could not vote for himself. Tracking the SH body politic has not been on my bilge bucket list, ...more
By B. DiPietro (4), Baru on Aug 18, 15 11:41 PM
So nice to see you chiming in Bonnie.
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Aug 19, 15 11:05 PM
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Oh, oh, my cover is blown. Is cross talking allowed in this forum? Take note Neal, your commitment as crony politico and mine way off the grid manifests into the category it only takes two to have a meeting. Investigating, I found Hqnk Beck, another name from days when collecting sigs in Quogue District 9 only took ten minutes as there were only 5 registered Donkey. I see ballast has nearly evened the playing field. Grania, mistress of home movies and dumping on one's own kind is afloat, too. I ...more
By B. DiPietro (4), Baru on Aug 20, 15 2:12 AM
GARY WEBER should be the headline for the position of Judge, he being the most qualified, and with the interest of the townspeople at heart.
By Ibill (47), remsenburg on Aug 20, 15 9:22 AM
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Gary is to old to run for another term-the mandatory retirement is 70! He was a good judge.
By Linda Goldsmith (8), Hampton Bays on Aug 27, 15 4:23 PM
Jay Schneiderman endorsed ATH? Of course he did...

The "Carpetbagger" wants "Sagaponack Barbies" job.

Yaz. Hagan. Scalera.
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Sep 16, 15 8:30 AM
Highhatsize touched on a good point. Democrat, Republican, doesn't matter - no one from either party is making an effort to communicate the magnitude of the unfunded pension liability that grows each year. These higher-than-CPI contract pay increases granted to STPD staff have a magnified effect when in the pension phase, where someone with a life expectancy of 80+ years can retire at age 41. The Town can end up paying out 40 years of benefits for 20 years of service. That is not a sustainable ...more
By Funbeer (273), Southampton on Sep 22, 15 9:30 PM
You apparently know nothing of the New York State Retirement System and how it works.
Pension contributions from employees and employers fund it. Expenses to the employer and contributions of employee (obviously) stop when said employee retires. In simple terms, the town is not sending retirement checks to anyone, and a retiree does not receive checks from the town post retirement.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Sep 30, 15 1:20 AM
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There seems to be change going on in the Southampton Democratic Party with a return to their Progressive Pro- ordinary people agenda. And surprise, finally a progressive Independence Party candidate running in the Democratic line that is not a shameless puppet of the developers like ATH and of course her trusty Sancho Panza Brad Gilbert.

It seems the true Democratic Committee has had enough of the sycophant Gordon Herr/Alzheimers Executive Committee that rammed down ATH and Brad Gilbert ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on Sep 22, 15 10:31 PM
the newly progressive Democratic party just chose the Republican Supervisor of east Hampton in 2002 to be their candidate. How do we take SH Dems seriously?
By GALAXIE (43), SAG HARBOR on Sep 27, 15 9:41 AM
Again, like Blank, you talk about JS and events more than a decade ago. Look what he has done on the whole the last six years or so to get a better idea of how he will govern today .
By Obbservant (449), southampton on Sep 27, 15 5:47 PM
That's all fine and well, Obbservant, but show me where the Dems led the charge "to preserve the character of Southampton that drew all of us to the area in the first place" You seem to forget, or maybe you weren't here yet when the "old guard" of the Republican Party started preserving land in the 80's and increasing residential zooming lots east of the canal. The Dems had zilch to do with that.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Sep 22, 15 11:34 PM
Blank, the love of our clean waters, pristine beaches, the rural character of the East End with the past ubiquity of potato and corn fields, transcends political parties for those not in the political business of real estate, zoning, and campaign finance among others.

That said, Bridget Fleming stood fast in trying to protect these great Southampton assets from PDD assaults of Anna Throne Holst and her sidekick Bender, joined also by the Republicans on the Town Board, in the face of widespread ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on Sep 23, 15 8:57 AM
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It may transend political parties, but it was the Republicans who made preservation a priority.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Sep 23, 15 4:39 PM
Blank, you're very insistent on Party politics that happened three decades ago. We're talking about the here and now. Guess which of those two parties voted consistently with ATH in approving those environmental killing and despoiling PDDs in the last year or so?
By Obbservant (449), southampton on Sep 24, 15 10:31 AM
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Guess which party made this area one which residents of other area clamor for and outbid locals on homes? This didn't "just happen" The NYC Dems come out and decide how they will improve the area. Differences on pdds, spot zoning, etc are common no matter where you go. And FWIW, I am merely giving credit where credit is due. I do no support or endorse one party over the other. They are all corrupt and all about self preservation.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Sep 24, 15 5:13 PM
Not that there's anything wrong with it- but you are a "local" republican. Just admit it
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Sep 25, 15 8:59 PM
Nope, Im a new guy, only been in town 35 years.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Sep 30, 15 1:21 AM
Good Lord- your're not one of the common folk are you??! Hampton Bays? How ordinary
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Sep 30, 15 8:08 AM
leave PARTY out of it and vote for the candidate who represents your views!
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Sep 23, 15 6:40 AM
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Oh, and has everyone forgotten about Linda Kabot and Anna receiving "the call" from the police in the middle of the night ("we got her") to notify her about what would turn out to be a trumped up DWI. All Linda wanted to do was trim the budget and get some guys to take early retirement in the police department. Then ATH has the chutzpah to take credit for all of the good budget cutting that Linda did.

A political mercenary doesn't even begin describe what ATH is all about,
By kvetch (14), Southold on Sep 24, 15 12:28 PM
Correct, Kvetch. For those who know the historical Town budgets in the 2000s, everyone knows Linda Kabot was the author of the Town's recovery plan claimed since by ATH. After the breathtaking spending binge of Skip Heaney from 2001 to 2007 where he spent like a drunken sailor on land R&R after a year at sea, doubling the budget in six years in a historic fiscal orgy unprecedented in the annals of Southampton, Linda Kabot was the first supervisor in at least 30 years who froze the budget and stopped ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on Sep 28, 15 9:08 AM
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Lee Zeldin will win reelection by an historic margin if Anna Throne-Holst receives the Democratic nomination. Lee may be an impotent cypher as far as the well-being of his East End constituents is concerned but his character doesn't approach Anna's in noxiousness. Her opportunistic party-hopping, pandering to the wishes of land-developer contributors, and supine subservience to the STPD PBA make it impossible for conscientious Democrats to hold their noses and vote for her.

The overall ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Sep 28, 15 9:32 AM
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Lot of talk here about the 2016 election, but let me remind you all of the obvious -- it's 2015, and we have a local election in 5 weeks, on Nov. 3, that will mean a lot more for Southampton Town and its survival than any 2016 Congressional contest.

Just to return briefly to the subject of this article, check out that 5-part Democratic action plan that Erin writes about: overdevelopment, environment, traffic, living costs and overcrowded housing -- these are the things that the people ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Sep 28, 15 3:47 PM
Not picking on you here TB, but really, aren't those items above, i.e. "overdevelopment, environment, traffic, living costs, overcrowded housing" from the 1988 elections?
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Sep 30, 15 1:24 AM
... you have comments from July 2 posted following your post of September 29 on the Remsenburg candidate night. What's up with that?
By William Rodney (561), southampton on Sep 29, 15 11:13 AM